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chile copper exports down 22pc in jan

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    Chile exports 246,000 mt refined copper in January, down 22%

    Santiago (Platts)--25Feb2008

    Chilean exports of refined copper fell 22% in January to 246,000 mt from
    January 2007, the country's customs service said in its monthly report. The
    exports were valued at $1.637 billion, down 12% on year.

    China was the main customer for Chile's refined copper, buying metal
    worth $421 million, followed by Italy, The Netherlands and France, together
    representing 36% of the total.

    Exports of copper concentrate rose 12% to $1.187 billion in January from
    January 2007.

    China was also the chief destination for exports of copper concentrate,
    followed by Japan, South Korea and India, together buying $879 million or 74%
    of the total.

    Total copper exports fell 4% to $3.248 billion in January from January
    2007, the report said.
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